Katherine Bolaños, a native of Oklahoma City, is in her sixteenth season with ASFB. Katherine began her professional career with Ballet Oklahoma where she remained for seven years performing mostly classical roles. As a guest artist with the Los Angeles Ballet Ensemble, she toured extensively in Taiwan and China.
“I love the partnering in contemporary work and moving in a way that’s very slow, expressive, and creature-like. I enjoy rehearsing in the studio as much as performing on stage. The studio gives the freedom to grow artistically. On stage I feel like I’m in a different world.”
Sadie Brown, now in her eighth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began to dance in her hometown of Evansville, Indiana. She also studied at the Boston Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory, and the Walton School for Girls in Grantham, England. Sadie performed for three seasons with the Grand Rapids Ballet and as a guest artist with Evansville Dance Theater, Evansville Ballet, and Michigan Classic Ballet. Her guesting with Ballet Bratislava took her to Slovakia and Austria.
“Dance allows me to explore emotions on such deep levels. When it's time to perform, all those emotions come out. There is no better feeling than to have such free expression.”
A newly minted graduate from the dance program at Marymount Manhattan College, Delgado joined ASFB in May 2019. His formative dance training comes from The Academy of Dance Arts, Visceral Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance, and a summer intensive with American Ballet Theatre. Delgado has had the opportunity to perform in various showcases and performances with companies as varied as Illinois Ballet Theatre to Martha Graham Dance Company.
Jenelle Figgins a Washington D.C. native, began training at the historic Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She then won a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Kennedy Center residency. After earning a B.F.A. with honors from SUNY Purchase, she attended Springboard Danse Montreal. Jenelle is a 2014 recipient of the Princess Grace Award. Previously with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jenelle is now in her fifth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
“I want to continue to learn by pairing movement with aspects of humanity. There is so much self-discovery in collaboration – and being part of a creation process makes me happy.”
Matthew Gilmore was born and raised in Canton, Massachusetts. He began his dance training at The Gold School and later went on to graduate from Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Matthew received his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2019. While at Juilliard he had the honor of performing the works of Nacho Duato, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, José Limón, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jessica Lang, Roy Assaf, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Helen Simoneau. Matthew is a recipient of the 2018 Princess Grace Award in Dance and is in his first season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
“My favorite part about this company is that each member is fiercely individual, yet as a unit are beautifully cohesive with intention, expression, technical prowess, and clarity within the movement.”
Seia Rassenti Watson danced as a youngster in Arizona with Flamenco Y Mas and trained in classical ballet with Linda Walker’s Tucson Regional Ballet. She graduated salutatorian from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, then joined North Carolina Dance Theater where working with resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden solidified her love for contemporary ballet. Seia is in her eleventh season with ASFB.
“I trained classically because I knew it would help me become a better dancer, but I feel most comfortable in the contemporary mode. I love the freedom in the works we create and perform here at ASFB.”
Anthony Tiedeman, a graduate of The Juilliard School, brings to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet his exposure to works by master choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and José Limón. Training in Lar Lubovitch’s choreography led Anthony to join Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for its Fall 2014 Joyce Theater season. A New Jersey native, Anthony has traveled abroad for summer intensives at Springboard Danse Montreal and Nederlands Dans Theater. This is Anthony’s fifth season with ASFB.
“When I first saw Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Joyce, I was blown away by the intense physicality and strong, yet beautiful, technique. It’s a balance I try to bring to my own dancing.”
Pete Leo Walker, is in his fifth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet following five seasons with Charlotte Ballet, where he performed a diverse repertoire of neoclassical and contemporary works. A native of Jacksonville, FL, Pete began training at Dansations Performing Arts Center and continued at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Pete is a 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award. In 2013 he was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.”
“The best part of ASFB is our community; audiences are palpable, travelers are inquisitive, and performing arts are a top priority. I'm happy we're provided an opportunity to travel, in turn sharing a slice of our experience.”
Joseph Watson II, now in his eleventh season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began formal dance training at TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills), a respected after-school program in his home town of Baltimore. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Joseph attended The Juilliard School, earning his BFA in dance. He was a member of North Carolina Dance Theatre prior to joining ASFB.
“I try not to overthink a performance. I just tell myself that I’m about to go on stage to do what I love.”
Jenny Winton, in her second season Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began ballet at the San Francisco Ballet School and trained there on full scholarship, performing featured children’s roles throughout the years. In 2008 she was invited to join the second company of the Pennsylvania Ballet and, in 2009, she joined The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, where she danced for five years. After competing as a Senior Soloist in the 2014 International Ballet Competition at Jackson, MS, Jenny then shifted gears to tour the country for two years performing the role of Penny in Dirty Dancing. Jenny’s work ranges from dance to theater to television, including a co-starring role in the first season of CBS’ BULL.
“Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s repertoire has so much integrity and range that I knew it would allow me to use all of my tools, from theater to ballet.”
Kaya Wolsey is one of ASFB’s newest company members, joining in May 2019. Her extensive background in dance includes formative training at notable institutions including Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ballet West Academy, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, among others. After graduating from the University of Utah Ballet Department, she accepted a contract with Ballet San Antonio. After leaving Ballet San Antonio, Kaya joined SALT Contemporary Dance in Salt Lake City where she performed until her recent move to Aspen, while also performing as a guest artist for various performances and choreographers in the region.
"As a young aspiring classical ballet dancer I saw Aspen Santa Fe Ballet perform in my home town. It was my first exposure to contemporary ballet and I was blown away by the power, grace, femininity and physicality represented on stage. I am honored to share the stage with these beautiful movers."